Lake Nona is Just Fine: An Open Letter to Orlando Sentinel’s Beth Kassab

If you’re unfamiliar with the name Beth Kassab, she’s the Orlando Sentinel columnist who writes The Bottom Line. She’s in charge of giving you “a glimpse of everything from the personalities behind local deals to the dish on what Central Florida’s companies are doing.”

She’s actually a very good columnist, but I want to address her most recent post, Medical City still a far cry from being a city.

Beth is technically right – Lake Nona’s Medical City” still has a long way to go before it truly earns that “city” label. Andy Chiles, Athletic Director at Lake Nona High School, may have said it best when it comes to the building of this community: “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Beth,

If you have not visited Lake Nona recently, you might want to make the short drive to see exactly how things are changing here. No other place in Central Florida has the same buzz going as we do. Our streets are being widened. A new middle school has grown out of an old cattle field. New stone monuments have been erected, welcoming visitors to our non-city. Lake Nona High School had an amazing season last year creating a spirit in this community often lost in larger towns in Central Florida.

I guess what I’m saying is, no, Lake Nona has not earned the title of “City,” but to make this area sound like a failure of an idea is uncalled for. Eagle Creek and VillageWalk are having record-setting sales months for new construction, and a trip through the construction areas on Medical City is awe-inspiring.

If you’d like a tour of our “Medical City” to see what is really going on here, give us a call. We’ll be glad to prove that Lake Nona is doing just fine.

Sincerely,
Lake Nona Pools

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